But, in a small way, I am sort of padding my expense account and it is sort of writing related, and I'll tell you why it's writing related.
Back in early March, I finally got off my ass and designed a business card for myself at VistaPrint, which incidentally a few days later coincided with my new blogger name (G. B. Miller) and new title for my book blog (Books by G. B. Miller). This past Thursday, my business cards came in.
The back side of the card has the same picture and says "Books By G. B. Miller" along with the current addy.
Pretty cool, eh?
I also picked up a very nice small leather carrying case for the cards, as well as a small card holder that I'll have placed in front of my chapbook that is currently for sale at work. Even if they don't buy the book, I'm hoping that they'll be interested enough to take the card, and thus be interested enough to hear my pitch about my writing and my blog.
And if anyone is interested in acquiring a few of these goodies for your personal use and hand outs, feel free to drop me an e-mail and I'll be more than happy to mail a few out to you.
Now that we got the padded expense account portion of the post out of the way, we will now move onto the writing portion of the post.
Ever since my novel was acquired by Solstice Publishing, I've been thinking quite a bit about the partial novels that I got laying about here in my den. Mostly, I've been thinking about how a couple those partials are roughly in the same vein as "Line 21", which is to say that they sort of blur the line between reality and fantasy.
And the more I thought about them, the more I came to the conclusion that maybe I should dig one of them out and take a serious whack at completing it. However, before I can dig one of those out (I have two excellent candidates btw) to complete, there's this teeny tiny problem of completing the novella that I've been working on since late last year, which is "Blackness In The White Sand".
As some of you may or may not know, I have this thorny problem of completing projects, especially stories. When I'm one hundred percent motivated, I'll work on a story until it's completed, no matter what gets in my way. When the motivation isn't so complete, that's when we have problems.
In this particular instance though, it's a matter of principle. I started this particular novella because I was very gung ho on writing it as a trilogy. Even when I added chapters to it, I remained motivated. Now we're at the point where I really want to take this novella and just bury it. Not because I'm tired of writing it, but because those incomplete novels are really hitting my brain with the force of a ball peen hammer, saying, "Do me next! Do me next! Do me next!"
But I'm very determined to complete this novella, no matter what it takes. It's now become a "writing because I have to" as opposed to "writing because I want to", and I'll be damned if my conscience or my muse tells me otherwise.
So with that said, let me give you a brief update of where I'm at, which is not with two turntables and a microphone. I got over the small hump of where I'd previously left off at some two months ago and wrote a key scene for the ending. And yes, it is a blatant sex scene, but more often than not, some type of sex usually works as a nice transition/bridge to wherever it is that I need to get to, and in this case, it fits perfectly.
I should be able to continue chopping away at it until I get it done, and I'm giving myself a one month deadline as a motivational tool.
And that my friends, is the writing news for yours truly, and while I may not be Gary Gnu, I certainly ain't whistling Dixie. So tune in next week when I may have some better news about one of my previously submitted short stories.